The Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable, a WestEd initiative, organizes events throughout the state to bring together diverse groups to improve education. Past meetings have included provocative discussions with state and national leaders as well as working sessions with local educators and community members. Join an upcoming meeting in your community to learn more and get involved.
"'College and career readiness' is the umbrella under which many education and workforce policies, programs and initiatives thrive." (Achieve, Inc., 2012)
With initial funding from the Helios Education Foundation, mayors from across the state have formed the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable. The organization—managed by WestEd, a research, development and service agency—will provide an important way for mayors to have in-depth discussions about education initiatives and develop common, cohesive strategies for addressing local problems.

City mayors have an active role in enhancing understanding of what youth need. The Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable at WestEd works with Tucson to support re-engagement. Read the second report in a two-part research series from America’s Promise Alliance about high school re-engagement in Tucson, Arizona.

I'm Going Back 2019

Read the first of two reports that America’s Promise Alliance will release in 2019 (PDF) about Tucson’s efforts to re-engage students who have dropped out of school.

The Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable, a WestEd initiative, brings together 13 mayors from large and small cities and towns in Arizona, district superintendents, and their key staff to share data, evidence-based and promising practices, and programmatic strategies that can help address local challenges affecting students’ educational and career success. The Roundtable is convened by WestEd and funded with core support by The Helios Education Foundation.

The Steps to Success initiative is a partnership between Tucson Unified School District and the City of Tucson Office of the Mayor to seek out and retrieve students who have dropped out of Tucson Unified School District. Through home visits, this partnership has allowed educational staff, city officials, and community members to visit with students and their families and encourage them to come back and finish their high school education. View a video and access the Steps to Success toolkit.

The 2018 Arizona Mayors Education Dashboards

The 2018 Arizona Mayors Education Dashboards report presents profiles, for each of the cities and towns whose mayors are members of the Roundtable, that show the estimated economic losses that associated with high school non-completion and youth disconnection (young people who are neither in school nor working) in each locality. Read the 2018 Arizona Mayors Education Dashboards report (PDF) and the explanatory guide (PDF) that accompanies the report.

Mayors and the High School Graduation Imperative

Arizona mayors, educators, and celebrities traveled from door to door, inviting disconnected youth back to school with great results.